Police Log


Jan. 8

• The Windham County Sheriff's Office cited Lawrence Shippee Jr. 57, of Vernon, with negligent operation, attempting to elude a police officer and reckless endangerment stemming from an incident that occurred on Route 142 in Vernon on Nov. 26.

Jan. 12

• The Windham County Sheriff's Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Fort Bridgman Road in Vernon. Following an investigation, Joshua Lavalley, 21, of Vernon, was arrested and cited with leaving the scene of an accident and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Jan. 13

• The Brattleboro Police Department responded to a residence on Western Avenue after receiving a report of a firearm being discharged. Officers learned Clinton Dejean, 36, of Brattleboro, inadvertently discharged a handgun into a bathroom mirror. The bullet entered and exited an interior hallway, before entering a neighboring apartment inside the building. The neighboring apartment was occupied, however no one sustained any injuries in the incident. Dejean was arrested and cited with reckless endangerment.

Jan. 14

• The Brattleboro Police Department received a report of a subject violating court orders. As a result, Jonathan Bundy, 20, of Brattleboro, was arrested and cited with criminal contempt.

• At 8 a.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Route 112 and Stowe Mountain Road in Halifax for the report of single vehicle crash. As a result of the crash, Lev N. Rivera, 20, of Hatfield, Mass., received a serious injury who was transported first to a hospital in Greenfield, Mass. Rivera was later airlifted to a hospital in Worcester, Mass. Rivera is currently listed in stable condition. The crash is still under investigation.

• At 2:30 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Route 5 in Dummerston to the report of a two vehicle collision. Troopers determined Anna Lisa M. Pruitt, 75, of Haverhill, N.H., was traveling southb preparing to turn into the Sunoco Station at Exit 4 when she entered into the lane of travel of a vehicle being driven by Michael F. Diaferio, 67, of Dummerston. Diaferio's vehicle collided with Pruitt's vehicle. She told troopers she was blinded by the sun and did not see Diaferio's vehicle until it was too late. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. There were no reported injuries. Rod's Towing and Brattleboro Towing assisted the State Police at the scene.

• At 8:55 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to a report of a single vehicle accident on Route 121 in Westminster. The operator of the vehicle, Stephanie A. Howe, 38, of Stratford, Conn., told troopers she veered off the road and struck a residence causing extensive damage to both the vehicle and residence. The residence was moved approximately 8 to 12 inches off the foundation, causing extensive structural damage inside and outside. Howe performed field sobriety exercises and refused to provide a preliminary breath test. She was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and cited with DUI No. 1 refusal and gross negligent operation. She was also ticketed for driving too fast for conditions, accident resulting.

• At 9:25 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Route 30 in Jamaica for the report of motor vehicle accident. Troopers determined Patrick Scannell, and Kathleen Scannell, both of Newtown, Conn., were traveling north when a passing truck lost its three-axle trailer, striking both cars. Scannel received an injury to his right hand. He was released from the scene after having been checked by rescue personnel. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Trooper Sam Wood at 802-254-2382.

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